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I wrote this post a year ago, when I still had one child home all day and was doing the parenting-slash-working-from-home juggle all day long. This year, Clara joined her brothers for all-day school, so I have more time to get organized with those reading logs and interesting school lunches, and might – gasp – actually volunteer to be a class mom at some point. But the advice I give below still stands: do what works for you, give what you can, and ditch the guilt. Enjoy! – Meagan

I’m a week and a half into the new school year, and already I’ve been both a rock star (made it to Back To School Night…on time!) and a flunkie (not sure what happened to that field trip permission form…)

This time of year can be filled with uncertainty for those of us who aren’t sure how much volunteering is enough, how involved we should be with our kids’ extracurriculars, or how much responsibility we should take for homework. And along the way we have learned to believe certain “myths” about what makes a good school-year mom.

I’m here to help. See the following 7 myths – some of which are probably rattling around in your head right now! – debunked: [click to continue…]

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Back to School with Sarah and Meagan: The Home Hour Episode 34

by Meagan Francis September 4, 2014
Back to School with Sarah and Meagan: The Home Hour Episode 34

Okay, so remember that month long hiatus I was going to take from the podcast back in June? Yeah, that. Suffice it to say that summer happened, and my recording system mysteriously stopped working, and Sarah moved from Arizona to California, and the weather was so lovely that my patio sort of took over my life […]

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Will You Join Me? Run, Walk, or Crawl…And Help A Children’s Hospital Save Lives in the #MiracleMarathon

by Meagan Francis September 3, 2014
Will You Join Me? Run, Walk, or Crawl...And Help A Children's Hospital Save Lives in the #MiracleMarathon

Will you run a marathon with me? No, not all at once! As far as I’m concerned, the very idea of running 26 miles in a single stretch sounds like sheer torture.  Actually, I’m not sure I’ve ever run more than a mile at one time, and the only way you could get me to now would be if […]

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11 Children’s Books About Starting School

by Meagan Francis August 27, 2014
11 Children's Books About Starting School

With less than a week until my family heads back to school, there’s a definite buzz of excitement in the air at our house…but some nervousness, too. This will be Clara’s first time in a formal school program, and what can I say…the girl is really, really into her mama. She’s excited to make new friends and […]

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#Blogust: Because All Children Deserve The Privilege of Firsts

by Meagan Francis August 18, 2014
#Blogust: Because All Children Deserve The Privilege of Firsts

Just two weeks from tomorrow, all – yes, all – my kids will head off to school. It’s a year full of “firsts” for us. For the first time, Isaac will enter high school (and for the first time, I’ll have two high-school kids.) For the first time, Clara will enter kindergarten. For the first […]

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3 ways to create an “endless summer” for your kids

by Meagan Francis August 13, 2014
3 ways to create an “endless summer” for your kids

I wrote this post last summer, and it just about sums up where I am right now, so I’m re-sharing. Enjoy! With back-to-school ads showing up by early July, it’s easy to feel like summer break is over almost before it starts. By mid-August many kids are back in school already, and for the rest of […]

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Front-Seat Confessions: Why The Car Is The Perfect Place To Bring Up Tough Topics With Kids. #TalkEarly

by Meagan Francis August 11, 2014
Front-Seat Confessions: Why The Car Is The Perfect Place To Bring Up Tough Topics With Kids. #TalkEarly

A couple years ago in early autumn, I had one of the best, most enlightening conversations I’d ever had with my son Jacob, who was fourteen at the time.  And we didn’t make eye contact once. I was driving him home from an away tennis match, and it had begun to rain. As I wound my way through […]

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For the Love of Reading: Make Each Story a Celebration

by Tricia Mirchandani August 7, 2014
For the Love of Reading: Make Each Story a Celebration

Today’s post is by Tricia of Raising Humans. Tricia shares ideas for simple, sane, and satisfying celebrations throughout the year – ways to acknowledge milestones and recognize accomplishments without going overboard. You can check out her other posts here. I’ll be honest. I do it to save myself. From boredom. My children and their demands to read the […]

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Schoola: Save Arts Programs For Kids & Clean Out Your Closet At The Same Time

by Meagan Francis August 4, 2014
Schoola: Save Arts Programs For Kids & Clean Out Your Closet At The Same Time

  Do you remember your childhood art and music classes? I do, even going back to elementary school. In particular, I loved our hour with Mr. Drumheller, the music teacher. We started off in kindergarten clanking wooden blocks together to learn about rhythm, by third grade had acquired an impressive repertoire of folk songs, and in fifth grade, […]

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6 Ways To Make Getting Out Of The House With Kids Simple, Spontaneous & Fun

by Meagan Francis July 31, 2014
6 Ways To Make Getting Out Of The House With Kids Simple, Spontaneous & Fun

Every now and then I like to look through the archives to see what was going on in my world around this time in previous years. Here’s a post I originally wrote in 2011. I loved this glimpse into my summer three years ago – and these adorable pics! – and am still 100% behind the message […]

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